Archive for February, 2008

Happy Birthday Lightroom

One year ago this morning at 12:01 AM Eastern Time, Lightroom 1.0 hit the streets, or Adobe.com at least, for the first time.  Lightroom isn’t the only Adobe product that shipped on February 19th. The Camera Raw plug-in was first released as a plug-in for Photoshop 7.0.1 on February 19th 2003.  And to the best of Thomas Knoll’s recollection, Photoshop 1.0 shipped on February 19th, 1990.  Jeff Schewe over at Photoshop News has compiled a great list of "Where were you?" on the launch dates of Photoshop 1.0 and Lightroom 1.0.  It’s a fun read and Jeff is encouraging readers to add their own whereabouts on those dates. I also looked back at some of the articles surrounding the launch of the Camera Raw plug-in in 2003 and Uwe Steinmueller’s February 19th review is still available on www.outbackphoto.com.  I had to chuckle when I read Uwe’s reference to "…the impressive list of cameras supported right now." That list only highlights about a dozen cameras of the close to 30 cameras supported with the first version of the plug-in but it’s worth noting that 5 years later we’re supporting over 180 camera raw file formats.  How’s that for impressive? (Insert shameless plug for DNG here given the rapid growth in
proprietary
file formats.)  
It’s been an incredible year for the Lightroom team with significant adoption and several updates to address the needs of our customers.
As noted on this blog earlier, we’re excited about the future even if it doesn’t necessarily take place on a February 19th.